Bray Em­mets bat­tle to vic­tory against Carnew in com­pet­i­tive af­fair

Bray People - - SPORT - BRENDAN LAWRENCE At Carnew

THE MEN of Bray Em­mets made the long jour­ney home from Carnew all the more en­joy­able af­ter they claimed the points on Satur­day evening in this SFL Di­vi­sion 1 clash on the Wex­ford bor­der.

A strange clash this one, ea­gerly con­tested, fair and en­er­getic but messy and strate­gi­cally bizarre at times. Carnew brought a plan to the ta­ble of bring­ing cen­tre half for­ward Timmy Collins back into their de­fence and try- ing to get men be­hind the ball when Bray at­tacked and, for a time, this worked but it made for very un­pleas­ant view­ing and limited Carnew's at­tack­ing threat which, if trusted, could have caused ma­jor dam­age.

Bray on the other hand took a long time to break down this Carnew de­fence and can thank a goal­keep­ing er­ror in the first half by Diar­muid Do­ran for their first goal and their three-point lead at half time.

Their phys­i­cally im­pos­ing for­wards caused the home side more dif­fi­culty in the sec­ond half whereas Carnew, at times, opened up a chasm of space be­tween their full for­ward line and the rest of the team; at one stage the near­est play­ers to the full for­ward line were in their own half back line.

It was tit for tat in the early stages. Bray's David Finn opened their ac­count in the first minute be­fore the tor­ment­ing cor­ner for­ward Sea­mus Os­borne pointed the first of his su­perb tally of five points a minute later.

It was 0-04 to 0-03 for the vis­i­tors when David Finn worked hard along the end line but struck a poor shot to­wards Diar­muid Do­ran in the Carnew goal. Do­ran, ex­pect­ing a mis­sile no doubt, seemed taken by sur­prise by the harm­less ef­fort and fum­bled the catch and cor­ner for­ward Conor Flan­nery struck home from close range.

Carnew bat­tled hard all through this game but re­ally needed a goal but that vi­tal score was grabbed by Bray 13 min­utes into the sec­ond half with the score at 1-07 to 0-08.

A lovely move started by cor­ner back Shane Lo­han who linked up with Conor Flan­nery who fed Stephen McNi­cholas and he drilled it home to the bot­tom cor­ner of Do­ran's net.

The slow­ness of the Carnew ball to their iso­lated full for­ward line was killing any chance the home side had of get­ting back into this clash and de­spite a great per­for­mance from Sea­mus Os­borne and the as­sured free tak­ing of John Ka­vanagh they were un­able to break down a dili­gent Bray de­fence mar­shalled at full back by the im­pres­sive Luke Benson.

Bray will need to speed things up them­selves as the ground hard­ens up; they can be pon­der­ous and lat­eral as they move the ball for­ward but they did have to deal with a tena­cious and bat­tling Carnew de­fence at a venue where no­body gets any­thing lightly, cer­tainly not a vic­tory.

Scor­ers: Bray Em­mets: Johnny Kinch 0-04 (4f); Conor Flan­nery 1-02; Marc Len­non 0-03; Stephen McNi­cholas 101; David Finn 0-01.

Carnew Em­mets: Sea­mus Os­borne 005; John Ka­vanagh 0-04 (4f); Niall Os­borne 0-01.

Carnew Em­mets: Diar­muid Do­ran; Shane Doyle, Wil­lie Collins, Cor­mac Doyle; Niall Os­borne, Mark Collins, Adrian My­ers; John Doyle, Thomas Kennedy; Nick Skelton, Timmy Collins, Michael Collins; Sea­mus Os­borne, John Ka­vanagh, Padraig Do­ran.

Bray Em­mets: Conor Power; Ben McCormack, Luke Benson, Shane Lo­han; Ross McAne­spie, Daire Lo­han, Cathal O Du­lachain; Johnny Kinch, Des Kelly; David Finn, John O'Keeffe, Stephen McNi­cholas; Marc Len­non, Niall McGraynor, Conor Flan­nery.

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